You know what’s weird? Less than a decade removed from the arrogance of the Spurrier/Meyer era, hearing the Florida folks play the “hey, it could happen!” card.
“Dan Mullen absolutely can make Florida an SEC East contender again. And he can do it this year. The schedule shakes up very favorably and Mullen has already made big strides in restoring the program back to where it was when it was at the top, most notably with the strength program. He brought in new strength coach Nick Savage, who has already changed players’ bodies.
“Mullen’s biggest selling point in the spring was making Florida fun and exciting again and getting back to that ‘Gator standard.’ He caters his offense around his quarterbacks which will help whoever takes the reigns whether it’s Kyle Trask or Feleipe Franks.
“He has work to do on the recruiting trail, but he brought in good classes while in Starkville, and Florida is not Mississippi State.
“His new defensive scheme fits the players Florida has and new DC Todd Grantham should have a great unit. Finishing 4-7 seems like it is a ways away from getting back to competing for East titles and getting to Atlanta, but this wasn’t a 4-7 roster. A new coach who ‘gets it,’ and brings in a fresh energy along with a great strength coach and QB-friendly system, Florida can absolutely contend for an SEC East crown.”
I could get used to this. Thanks, Kirby.